Riding our motorbike N. to live w/ the Lisu Tribe

Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Feeling quite lazy about doing an actual "trek", we decided to live with a Lisu family instead. We found this flier in one of the restaurants about a homestay option with a Lisu Hilltribe. In the brochure, we learned that the family was Lisu; but that the husband was American, providing for the family and the village, while still perserving the culture and traditional ways of life. We thought this was perfect.

As a matter of fact, they have a website set up, if your interested to see it: www.lisuhilltribe.com

The road that goes to Sappong is in the foothills of the Himalayas; and happens to be the part of one the top 10 best roads in the world for motorbikes.

So, we decided to drive a motorbike up to the Lisu Village in Sappong, about an 1.5 north of Pai and only 25 kilomerters from the Burmese Border. We dropped our main bags with Casey and Jelena and just took with us a small overnight bag.

We must admit - its a BEAUTIFUL road/scenery: the skyline is filled with golden hills. The trees looked like we were in the middle of fall, with reds, yellows and browns, and greens in the trees. And when diving through the hills, you could see so many other hills and mountains: We can only imagine the vastness of the Himalayan mountains, if just the foothills are so impressive!

Arriving at the homestay, we didnt know what to expect. We drove up a dusty road, passing chickens and pigs, when we first met Albert and his wife Susanon. Fantastic couple.

Susanon is a sweet lady, and although she starts off by saying she knows little english, it seems that you can talk to her just fine. Albert, as it turns out, is from Maui! So, that gave us some conversation topics other than the Lisu way of life. There was another couple staying that night at the homestay, learning how to make jewelry from Albert. Nice couple from Argentina, who works on an organic farm outside of Chiang Mai.

They had already stayed 3 nights and would be leaving in the morning. The day was a lazy day, watching the family run around, making dinner, feeding the chickens and pigs, playing with the baby of the house, and trying to interact with the friendly neighbors when they would stop by.

Susanon and Albert insist on making only organic food, and as such, Susannon collects a lot of the ingrediants of our meal from the nearby woods. So cool. The food was fantastic and savory. Best we had in a while! It was an early night that first night, as the village rises early and sleeps early....

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